Eating While Reclining

The example of the Prophet (peace be upon him) was not to recline while eating.

Eating Positions: The Sunnah

Chapter 6. Eating While Reclining

3262. It was narrated from Abu Juhaifah that the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: “I do not eat while reclining.” (Sahih)

Sunan Ibn Majah – Volume 4 – English Translation by Nasiruddin al-Khattab – Published by Darussalam – First Edition 2007.

Eating Positions: The Science

The Greeks and Romans were known for their “opulent” lifestyles reclining to eat grapes may come to mind. In today’s fast-paced rat race you’ve likely seen the image of a busy office worker running out the door with a slice of toast in mouth flagging down a bus and Sunday afternoon footballers drawing for the half-time fruit and energy drinks.

The posture we hold while eating has an effect on how we digest food because our stomachs empty slower when we lay down as opposed to sitting up but the reason for this is still unknown to researchers and doctors.

Eating Positions: Criterion Fit

The example of our Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) comes before any other example and we follow his way. Laying down while eating slows digestion, may increase the chance of choking, leans towards arrogance and shows little gratitude for what one is eating and Allah azza wa jal knows best. Food before the blessing of good taste is for nourishing our bodies so we can worship our creator and work to provide for ourselves and our family. The manners we have with food tell much about our outlook on life so if you’ve been one to lean back while eating it’s time to prop yourself all the way up (the puns keep coming and not on purpose).

Published by Hanif

Husband and Father helping Men in the U.K. and worldwide get into amazing shape with coaching and lifestyle change underpinned by authentic Islamic knowledge, current fitness techniques and the advancement of modern health discoveries.

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